YUMA, Ariz., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Airborne Systems has successfully completed a test of its modular ram-air parachute as part of a U.S. Army program.
Arizona-based Airborne Systems, as part of the Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center development program, announced the successful test drop of an 18,000-pound payload with its parachute technologies.
Airborne Systems' MegaFly and GigaFly modular ram-air parachute systems are designed for the airdrop of heavy payloads. Officials say the parachutes employ global positioning system technologies for precision-guided airdrops.
"One of the unique features of this design is the interchangeability of parafoil sections to function as a modular system," Brian Bagdonovich, Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center program manager, said in a statement.
"From an Army standpoint, the concept of modularity is just as impressive as GigaFly's ability to deliver high payload weights to a precise location."